Officers parade a preview of 64th annual Hero Thrill Show

The purpose of the show is to raise money for college for the children of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Paul Kurtz
September 12, 2018 - 5:23 pm
Organizers of the 64th annual Hero Thrill Show held a pep rally in Center City Wednesday to whip up some exciting for the upcoming event.

Paul Kurtz | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Organizers of the 64th annual Hero Thrill Show held a pep rally in Center City Wednesday to whip up some exciting for the upcoming event.

Like carnival barkers, dual emcees urged the lunchtime crowd to step right up and take a look at all those shiny motorcycles and dare devil riders.  

Police blocked off Market Street between 18th and 19th streets to make room for the Philadelphia Police Department Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team, which gave gawkers a sneak peak of what's to come on Sept. 22.  

Hero Thrill Show President Jimmy Binns and a host of speakers all emphasized the good deeds that are done with the proceeds. 

"The purpose of the Hero Thrill Show is to raise money to pay for the college education of the children of police officers and firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty here in Philadelphia," he said.

The inaugural Hero Thrill Show in 1954 was held in the aftermath of an explosion that killed 10 firefighters.  

This year's grand marshal will be "Sound of Philadelphia" legend Kenny Gamble, and once again the venue will be the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets go for $10 per person. 

For more information, visit herothrillshow.org.